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Teleeya Roquez, 7, killed, Leslie Roquez, 29, critically injured, taken to hospital, after their car is rear-ended at an intersection on Highway 395 in Hermiston, by a SUV allegedly driven by Jesus Moras Vava, 29, who fled the scene and was later arrested

Modified Date: 
Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:27am
Accident Date: 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Washington man, 29, arrested in fatal hit-and-run crash near Hermiston.

Police have arrested a 29-year-old man from Washington in hit-and-run crash in Hermiston on Wednesday that killed a girl, 7.

Police have arrested a 29-year-old man from Washington in hit-and-run crash in Hermiston on Wednesday that killed a girl, 7.
Jesus Moras Nava from Paterson, Wash., was lodged in Umatilla County jail on suspicion of manslaughter, felony hit and run, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person and assault.

Here's what happened, according to Oregon State Police:

About 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Leslie Roquez, 29 of Irrigon, was headed north in her 2010 Kia Soul on Highway 395 and stopped in the left lane at the intersection with East Punkin Center Road, when Jesus Moras Nava, slammed into her from behind in a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

After the two cars stopped, he got out and fled on foot. He was found hiding near the scene by a Hermiston police officer.

Roquez, who was critically injured, was taken first by ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston then later flown by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. Her daughter, 7-year-old Teleeya Roquez, who was buckled in a booster seat in the rear was pronounced dead at the scene.

Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Teleeya Roquez
Leslie Roquez
Jesus Moras Nava
Roadway: 
Highway 395

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